Category Archive for: Culture

Thankful

SHIFTers Give Thanks

Let’s face it: 2017 has been a doozy. After the hurricanes, political upheaval and Friday Night Lights being taken off Netflix (Say it ain’t so, coach!), many are ready to turn their calendars to 2018 and start fresh. However, now that we’re reaching the end of the year, ‘tis the season to focus on all…

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senior-executive

8 Insider Secrets for Meeting with a Senior Executive

The older I get, the more I care about the next generation of PR pros and their career development. This may stem from having teenage children; I worry about their preparation for life, their careers, and their happiness. Thus, I happily offer college students and new graduates some hard-won wisdom whenever they ask. Here’s what…

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find inspiration

How To Find Inspiration When You Need It Most

Find Inspiration In Simple Ways As PR professionals, and particularly in our agency roles, one of the top qualities we’re lauded for is our creativity. We’re constantly brainstorming diverse ways to launch a brand, sustain momentum, or create a memorable campaign for our clients. It follows that our ability to find inspiration should be a…

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Management Corner: How to Keep Your Team Motivated

It’s Q4 and if you work at an agency, that means it’s chaotic. You’re wading through new business prospects and trying to serve your existing client base. Your clients are trying to sort through strategic planning, contract renewals and resetting expectations for the new year. You and your team need each other more than ever…

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funding

Funding & Culture: Buying in Does Not Have to Mean Selling Out

A strong round of funding can sometimes mean the difference between a company remaining a great local place to work or becoming a national powerhouse. However, the debate to seek or accept a funding round can be a difficult debate for some start-ups. The decision to accept funding may stem from how you interpret and…

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work perks

Taking Advantage of SHIFT’s Work Perks

As you’re reading this post, our Boston office sits empty. No, we haven’t all come down with the flu – we’re touring Boston Harbor on our annual Summer Outing, just one of the many work perks at SHIFT! There are seven core values which drive everything we do at SHIFT. These values encourage us to…

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ethics in pr

How To Maintain Ethics in PR

Over the years, academia hijacked an old biblical passage that I, too, have repurposed. This phrase has guided my 30+ year career (and is worth every consideration by every PR person when considering how to maintain ethics in PR): “the truth shall set you free.” As PR professionals, we are often privy to information – objective…

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communication lessons

6 Communication Lessons From a Marathon Runner

Today’s blog is from our partner at NATIONAL, Andrea Cudmore. Enjoy! Whether it’s a colleague “making it to the finish line” on a major project, or a project manager “calling the shots” for a quick turnaround, we draw parallels between business and sport every day. Even as consultants, many of the processes we face in business…

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Work-Life Balance

Creative Ways to Ensure Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is hard, especially in the hectic world of public relations. There’s always a rapid response situation, reporter to pitch, or plan to draft. While public relations is exciting, creative, challenging and ever-changing, it can also creep into your personal life. In today’s “always on” world, it is difficult to establish boundaries between work…

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shultz hour

The Shultz Hour

In April, David Leonhardt at the New York Times wrote a column about the need to take a Shultz hour. For those unfamiliar, it comes from George Shultz, who was the Secretary of State under President Reagan. The concept is to carve out one hour a week to sit undisturbed with a pen and paper…

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